U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 501st Paratrooper Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, arrive at Tolemaida Air Base, Nilo, Colombia for a dynamic force employment on July 21, 2021. The DFE was conducted to ensure interoperability with the. to increase Colombian military and to demonstrate operational readiness and regional unity. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc.Joshua Taeckens) (This photo has been edited from the original version)
A U.S. Air Force C17 Globemaster III lands on Tolemaida Air Base, Nido, Colombia, July 21, 2021. The C17 was carrying U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 501st Paratrooper Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Assigned for a dynamic force are employment with the Colombian military. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc.Joshua Taeckens) (This photo has been edited from the original version)
TOLEMAIDA AIR BASE, Colombia – Paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division arrived July 21 at Tolemaida Air Base, Nilo, Colombia for a dynamic strength training exercise with members of the Colombian Army, Navy, Navy and Air Force.
U.S. and Colombian paratroopers will participate in the July 25-30 exercise, which includes multiple jumps, jungle and water survival training, and a medical evacuation rehearsal.
The purpose of this U.S. and Colombian military exercise is to build collective interoperability and readiness.
“The aim of the dynamic operational exercise with Colombia is to continue the partnership we have already established with the Colombian armed forces,” said Sgt. 1st Class Grover Muirheid, Sergeant in the Army South G3. “We also want to understand how the Colombian military operates so that our army can work well with them in the future.”
This is not the first time the US and Colombia have worked together on an airborne operation. In January 2020, the 82nd Airborne Division and Colombian military partners conducted an Airborne Assault Exercise.
“In the last airborne operation with Colombia, we just made the jump and returned to the United States,” said Captain Sergio Bustos, operations officer of the US Southern Command for Army Missions in Colombia. “This created the basis that enables us to expand our engagement with a field exercise that will create even more interoperability between our armed forces.”
The bilateral airborne exercise offers valuable experience to all army personnel involved. This experience helps the U.S. government respond quickly to assist partners in the area and provides excellent home education opportunities.